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A highly dysfunctional blended family is forced together when they realize a reported virus is actually the onset of the undead apocalypse.


Adam Davidson


Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by), Tony Moore (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Dickens ... Madison Clark
Cliff Curtis ... Travis Manawa
Frank Dillane ... Nick Clark
Alycia Debnam-Carey ... Alicia Clark
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Liza Ortiz
Mercedes Mason ... Ofelia Salazar (credit only)
Lorenzo James Henrie ... Chris Manawa
Rubén Blades ... Daniel Salazar (credit only)
Maestro Harrell ... Matt Sale
Scott Lawrence ... Art Costa
Keith Powers ... Calvin
Lincoln A. Castellanos ... Tobias
Lynn Chen ... Nurse
Leon Thomas III ... Russell (as Leon Thomas)
Donald Agnelli ... Driver


Drug addict Nick Clarke (Dillane) sees his friend Gloria eating another man in the drug den where he is staying, frightening him and causing him to run into the street and be hit by a car. His mother, Madison (Dickens), and his stepfather Travis Manawa (Curtis) go to the hospital where he is under close watch by the police. Madison is the guidance counselor of a high-school where her daughter Alicia (Debnam-Carey) is a student and Travis is one of the teachers, and they return to school as normal. Nick flees from the hospital and Madison and Travis later seek him out. Travis goes to the place where Nick claims that Gloria has eaten a man and he finds gore in the spot. Nick contacts his friend and drug dealer Calvin that tries to kill him. They fight and Calvin dies with a shot. Nick calls Travis and he comes with Madison to meet him. When they go to see Calvin, they see him up and walking around, but soon they learn that something is really wrong with Calvin. They watch in disbelief ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The diner where Nick meets Calvin is featured in Nightcrawler (2014), Drive (2011) and Twilight (2008). See more »


The driver's side windshield is damaged as the main characters are driving down the freeway, leading into the scene where the police are on the P.A. saying, "Remain in your vehicles." Later when they find Nick in the water spillway, the windshield is not broken. See more »


[first lines]
Nick Clark: [Nick wakes up alone in the abandoned church, calling out for his friend] Gloria?
Nick Clark: [as Nick looks into the empty hallway and rooms] Glo?
Nick Clark: [when Nick finds the dead bodies, seeing Gloria hunched over, whispering] Gloria? Gloria, babe, we got to go.
[when Gloria turns around covered in blood, with a knife stuck into her side]
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Knots Untie (2016) See more »


Audience No. 2
Written and performed by Autolux
Listened to in the car by Alicia
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Review 1.1 Not quite Autopilot.
3 May 2018 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

With the conclusion of Season eight of the main show, I've decided to fill the zombie shaped whole in my life by watching the spin off show "Fear The Walking Dead".

The pilot revolves around one family, the always brilliant Kim Dickins plays Madison Clark whose two children Nick and Alycia are very different. Alycia is preparing to escape her life by heading to Berkley and Nick too is escaping his life, though via the much more dangerous route of taking heroin. It's Nick who proves our introduction to the world, stumbling across a zombie attack and ending up hospitalised and nearly sectioned as he attempts to come to terms with what he's seen. The families search for him, whilst the realisation dawns that all is not right in the world, is the thrust of this first episode.

So the pilot is, for my money, a little too slow moving. There's isn't really enough story to justify that run time and there's a balance required in establishing characters before putting them at risk to make you care, and I'm not sure it really gets it right. It has a reveal at the end of the opening scene that we are back at a time when the apocalypse is starting out, that I assume was quite the reveal at the time it first aired, but unfortunately it was information I already had prior to seeing the show.

None of the characters seem initially to be particularly annoying at this early stage and even the well tread dynamic of children being resentful of a step parent doesn't seem to be as worn out as usual. I don't have much of an idea of where the series is going from here, but I'm certainly interested in watching the next one.

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